Training for a road race can be a fun way to stay motivated, meet new people, and reach your fitness goals. Whether a newcomer to the world of running training for your first 5K or a dedicated runner gearing up for a marathon, here are a few tips for your next race.
Plan Your Distances – During training, you may be tempted to ramp up quickly if your runs have been going well. It is important to keep track of mileage and adhere to gradual additions to your running distances. As a general guideline, add 10% to your total mileage week-to-week when increasing overall distance.
Strength Train – Road races can put a lot of stress on the body, and the effects of a distance you haven’t run before can take their toll, especially on your legs. Work on strengthening your core, hips, and lower legs at the gym to protect your knees and keep your body properly positioned while running.
Cecilia Gaffaney is a doctor and runner based out of Dallas, Texas. In addition to running, she enjoys a number of recreational water sports, including swimming, snorkeling, and jet skiing.